Archives for December 2013

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Cumming, GA

happynoonyearThere are lots of fun ways to ring in the new year with the kids! Here are a few family friendly New Year’s Eve events in Forsyth County, GA.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration at Stars & Strikes – Kids celebration and countdown to Noon. There is a Prize Filled Balloon drop at Noon and an apple juice toast. $25.00 game cards for $14.00!

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – NOON Year’s Eve Party at Sweet & Sassy at The Collection Forsyth – Don’t forget to sign your daughter and her friends up for our Noon Years Eve party! Parties are on December 31 and January 1st from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with a Countdown to Noon, Fashion Show, Limo Rides and much more! $30 per girl. Book your spot today! (770)-781-0300.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 1:00 am – Roll into 2013 at Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center!

Also check out my Pinterest page for fun New Year’s printables!

 

Lake Lanier Polar Bear Jump on January 1, 2014

POLARBEARSPLASH into 2014 by taking a plunge in Lake Lanier and supporting an Olympic legacy program for our local youth.

Jump in the lake and compete for a number of prizes including best costume, biggest splash, oldest and youngest jumpers, and best sponsored group jump. Prizes will also be awarded for the chili cook-off, which is free to enter.

Join the Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club for a quick cool down, followed by a dip in the hot tub and warm chili and hot chocolate. We look forward to starting the New Year with you!

Lake Lanier Olympic Venue; 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506. Event starts at 12:00 pm.

Register online at http://www.lckc.org/PolarBearSwim.htm.

Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club Fundraiser

Lake Lanier Olympic Venue
3105 Clarks Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30506
770-287-7888

Event Date: January 1, 2014 12 PM
Event will take place behind the boat house at Clarks Bridge Park.
Includes a t-shirt and a hot bowl of chili and hot chocolate after the jump.

Polar Bear Swim on Lake Lanier

When: Noon, New Year’s Day
Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue Boathouse, 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville
Registration: $25 individuals, $50 family of four
Cook-off contestants: Bring crock pot of chili by 11:30 a.m. – register online.
Informationwww.lckc.org, 770-287-7888

Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Cumming, GA

xmastreerecyclingThere is nothing sadder than the day after Christmas except maybe the day after your birthday.

If you have a real Christmas tree, what will you be doing with it after the holidays?

The best thing to do is recycle your tree and pick up a new seedling and plant a new tree. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful offers a wonderful recycling program right here in Forsyth County, GA.

Recycle Your Tree After Christmas

Forsyth County has recycled more than 80,000 Christmas trees since 1994

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) invites residents to continue their annual tradition of recycling thousands of Christmas trees during the “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling event from December 26 through January 25. Last year, Forsyth County residents recycled more than 8,700 trees.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at locations conveniently located throughout the county where a wood chipper will process the trees into mulch.

“Recycling Christmas trees provides a convenient way for residents to dispose of their tree and it is also good for the environment,” said Environmental Program Manager Tammy Wright. “We are excited to see the number of trees recycled in Forsyth County continue to increase every year.”

On the designated dates and times, Christmas trees can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Home Depot – 1000 Market Place Boulevard
    Accepting trees only January 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 4
  • Home Depot – 2635 Peachtree Parkway
    Accepting trees only January 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 4
  • Vickery Creek Elementary School – 6280 Post Road
    Accepting trees December 26 through January 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 4
  • Tolbert Street Recycling Convenience Center – 351 Tolbert Street
    770.781.2176, open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Accepting trees December 26 through January 25
  • Old Atlanta Recycling Convenience Center – 3678 Old Atlanta Road
    770.205.3010, open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Accepting trees December 26 through January 25
  • Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center – 3560 Settingdown Road
    770.781.2071, open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Accepting trees December 26 through January 25

Please note that all three recycling convenience centers will be closed Wednesday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day and Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Free tree seedlings and vegetable seeds will be available on Saturday, January 4 at all sites beginning at 9 a.m. on a first-come basis, while supplies last.

Wood chips will also be available for county residents near the Forsyth County Roads and Bridges facility on County Way just off of GA 400. Interested residents are responsible for loading and hauling their own wood chips.

For more information call KFCB at 770.205.4573.

“Bring One for the Chipper” started in Georgia in 1991. Forsyth County residents have been participating since 1994 and have recycled more than 80,000 trees during that time.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 20 – December 22, 2013

santa-photos-01School is out and it’s officially winter break! Here are some fun things to do in Forsyth County this weekend as you begin to celebrate the holidays!

Friday, December 20

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Uniquely Inspired Kids Camp – Nick in Time *Pottery Painting * Crafts for gifts. Bring a Lunch. $35+tax/child. Reservations & Prepayment Required.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Tis the Season for Stories at Hamption Park library. Enjoy seasonal stories, merry songs, and a festive puppet show featuring the one, the only, Pete the Cat! Holiday fun for the whole family! No need to register to attend.
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center Holiday hours.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Winter Craft afternoon at Sharon Forks Library. Drop-in anytime and join us for seasonal crafts! We’ll be making seasonal cards, wreaths, personalized gift tags, ornaments, and more. All ages are welcome!
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Special FCPL Holiday Cinema at Hampton Park Library. Join us for a special showing of this classic holiday film. Can you guess this movie? “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Paul Douglas Sanner Music will be playing LIVE at Pizzeria Azzurri this Friday, December 20th, from 7-10…FREE!!

Saturday, December 21 – FIRST DAY OF WINTER!

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Complimentary Carriage Rides, Story Time and Pictures with Santa at The Collection Forsyth. Kick off the holiday season with this annual tradition. Complimentary carriage rides, Santa story time and pictures with Santa! Complimentary Photos with Santa (Bring your own camera) from 2pm to 5pm. Carriage Rides – (every Saturday 1pm to 5pm) and Stories with Santa at 1pm.

Sunday, December 22

2:00 pm – Movie Matinee at Hampton Park Library.

ALL WEEKEND

The Sawnee Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker at South Forsyth High School! Starts on 12/19/13!

Check out the local Christmas light shows in the area all weekend and weekdays too!

Still need to get your Christmas tree or a wreath? See our roundup of local Christmas Tree Farms.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 13 – December 15, 2013

Christmas-in-Vickery-VillageA chill is in the air as we approach the last weekend before Forsyth County Schools are out on winter break. There are lots of fun things going on this weekend.

Friday, December 13

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Fair – Cumming Fairgrounds. There will be a Christmas Light Show, hayrides, roasting marshmallows, and caroling on Friday evening from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Come join us to hear the sweet sounds of local elementary school 5th grade and church choruses starting at 7:00 PM on Friday.

Saturday, December 14

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Kinsey Family Farm – pick out a Christmas tree or wreath, enjoy roasted marshmallows and shop their market for items like Sweets by Sarah’s pumpkin rolls, salsa, jams, honey and much more!

9:00 am – dark – Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm – pick out a tree, go for a hayride, roast marshmallows, see the animals and more!

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – The holidays are right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this festive Train Engine!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Fair – Cumming Fairgrounds. The show attracts over 7,500 people and will be held inside the heated Cumming Livestock Barn located on the City of Cumming Fairgrounds. There will be over 100 festive booths in the show. Admission is $1.00 with children 12 & under entering free. While the Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show is taking place, there will be FREE photos with Santa on Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and on Saturday from 12:00 – 3:00 PM in the barn.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time. Join us as we read the classic Frosty the Snowman. Great for all ages!

11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Tis the Season for Stories at the Post Road Library – Enjoy seasonal stories, merry songs, and a festive puppet show featuring the one, the only, Pete the Cat! Holiday fun for the whole family! No need to register to attend.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Complimentary Carriage Rides, Story Time and Pictures with Santa at The Collection Forsyth. Kick off the holiday season with this annual tradition. Complimentary carriage rides, Santa story time and pictures with Santa! Complimentary Photos with Santa (Bring your own camera) from 2pm to 5pm. Carriage Rides – (every Saturday 1pm to 5pm) and Stories with Santa at 1pm.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – The Wonder Project is hosting the first annual Christmas in the Village on December 14, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm at Vickery Village on Post Road in Cumming. The event starts with a performance by the Vickery Creek Elementary School’s fifth-grade choir. See a Christmas market, participate in a gingerbread workshop, drink eggnog and cocoa by the fire, watch amazing performances from local talent brought by Performer’s Warehouse, enjoy a visit from Santa and much more holiday fun for all ages. The end of the event will be the lighting of the tree and a performance from a special guest.

ALL WEEKEND

Check out the local Christmas light shows in the area all weekend and weekdays too!

Still need to get your Christmas tree or a wreath? See our roundup of local Christmas Tree Farms.

Giving Back and Caring for Others

ID-10061632Tis the season of “Giving Thanks”!  And teaching your children the importance of giving back to others is an integral part of a child’s character development. “Many parents in today’s world find it more important than ever to raise compassionate children.”  Parents are placing more values on the importance of raising well-rounded individuals and striving to teach the importance of generosity, compassion and gratitude.

Here are a few tips from Dr. Gloria Julius, vice president of education at Primrose Schools, on how to teach your little one to give back and care for others:

Give kindness a shout-out. Genuine, specific, positive feedback is a powerful way to influence children’s behavior. They are constantly seeking approval from the significant adults in their lives, so next time you witness an act of kindness–no matter how small–let your child know that you noticed and the impact the act is likely to have on the recipient. Even very young children are constantly looking for cause and effect relationships and learning that they have the ability to help someone can become a motivator of caring behavior.

Address unacceptable behavior. It is also important to help children understand the negative consequences their unacceptable behavior can have. Once again, being specific in your feedback helps them learn the cause and effect relationship. Children aren’t born knowing what is acceptable and not acceptable, and it does no good to tell a child he was “bad.” Be specific about what the behavior was that you didn’t like and why. It’s important to address the specific behavior immediately and give your child a positive alternative.

Practice what you preach. As parents, we are our children’s first teachers. Children are like little scientists, observing what’s going on in the world around them. Consider the many interactions that your child witnesses you participate in each day and ask yourself if you are serving as a good role model. How do you interact with others on the phone, in traffic or in line at the grocery store? Keep in mind your body language as well as what you say. By setting an example early on for your child you are actively participating in their character development.

Give back. Giving back is an important year-round activity that needs to become a habit if you want your child to learn what it means. Volunteering plays an important role in the development of character. It teaches children that they can do things that positively impact the world around them. Even young children can learn to become active participants in their communities.

Role play. Role playing with your child is an excellent way to teach compassion and empathy. Ask your child to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. Pose questions like, “If you were new to school and did not know anyone, how would you want your classmates to treat you on your first day?”

These life lessons, if taught at an early age, will help lay the foundation for your child’s success in every aspect of their life.

Happy Holidays from Primrose School of Christopher Robin!

Primrose School of Christopher RobinPrimrose School of Christopher Robin is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. The Leader in Educational Child Care®, we partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Our goal is to help children have fun while building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

To learn more about the Primrose summer camp experience at the Primrose School of Christopher Robin, please call 678-339-0107 to arrange a tour of the campus.

Check out our iheartprimrose.com website to read what past and present families have to say about their Primrose Experience.

Primrose Christopher Robin is located at 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005.

Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Forsyth County Public Library Holiday Program Schedule 2013

fcpl holiday programsThe Forsyth County Public Library (FCPL) will offer several programs for children and families this holiday season.

FCPL will host Polar Express parties at each of the four branches. This event for all ages celebrates Christmas and the classic children’s book, “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg.Children are invited to attend the program in their pajamas and enjoy seasonal treats, stories and crafts. Participants will also receive one of Santa’s sleigh bells.For this program, please register online to attend. The schedule of programs is as follows:

  • Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega Road, Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road, Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The library will also offer “Tis the Season for Stories” for children and families in December. The event will feature seasonal stories, songs and a puppet show. Patrons do not need to register to attend this program. The schedule is as follows:

  • Post Road Library, Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11:15 a.m.
  • Cumming Library, Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 11:15 a.m.
  • Sharon Forks Library, Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
  • Hampton Park Library, Friday, Dec. 20 at 11:15 a.m.

For more information on programs and services offered by Forsyth County Public Library or to register for a program, visit the library’s website at www.forsythpl.org.

Image via FCPL website.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 6 – December 8, 2013

xmasparadeIt may not feel like it outside, but the holiday celebrations have begun! There are lots of fun family events in store this weekend in Forsyth County, GA! As always, please comment and let us know if you hear of any other things to do!

Friday, December 6

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Celebration of Lights at Northside Hospital – Forsyth with live entertainment from local schools and groups, children activities, photos with Santa and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree atop the hospital.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – A Polar Express story time. Wear your pajamas and come aboard for a special Polar Express Storytime. We’ll have yummy snacks, giveaways and much more.

Saturday, December 7

7:30 am registration, Race at 8:30 am – The Jingle Jog 5K takes you down Mary Alice Park Road and back to Market Place Boulevard.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Kinsey Family Farm – pick out a Christmas tree or wreath, enjoy roasted marshmallows and shop their market for items like Sweets by Sarah’s pumpkin rolls, salsa, jams, honey and much more!

9:00 am – dark – Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm – pick out a tree, go for a hayride, roast marshmallows, see the animals and more!

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Market Place Christmas Parade. Kick back and enjoy the season with your community, family and friends to cheer on the festive floats in the Cumming Christmas Parade.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time. Join us as we read stories from Disney’s new movie, Frozen – A Sister More Like Me. Great for all ages!

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – South Forsyth High School German Christmas Market – Lots of FREE seasonal activities for children K-5. SFHS students will
guide little ones to complete various seasonal arts and crafts activities. Fun for the entire family! Music, goodies and the traditional St. Nick filling of the shoes! Sponsored by the German department of SFHS.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Complimentary Carriage Rides, Story Time and Pictures with Santa at The Collection Forsyth. Kick off the holiday season with this annual tradition. Complimentary carriage rides, Santa story time and pictures with Santa! Complimentary Photos with Santa (Bring your own camera) from 2pm to 5pm. Carriage Rides – (every Saturday 1pm to 5pm) and Stories with Santa at 1pm.

4:30 pm – The ICE presents “Christmas at the Movies” Figure Skating Show to benefit St. Joseph’s Food Pantry on December 7, 2013. Enjoy a fun night of entertainment, starting at 4:30 pm with “Christmas at the Movies” Figure skating ice show, followed by open public skating at The ICE (7-9 pm).

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Marie’s Italian Deli, Bakery & Market – Santa visit! From  4:30-5:30 – decorate sugar cookies, have face painting and spend time with Santa! Bring the kids!!! And while you’re here… join us for dinner! Let the Season Begin!

Sunday, December 8

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Deck the Stalls is on December 8 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Save the Horses in Cumming, GA. This family friendly event includes roasting s’mores and hot dogs, stuffing stockings for the horses, cake walk, petting zoo and pony rides. Get your photo taken with a horse or buffalo and order your Christmas cards right there on the spot! Free parking & free admission!  Some activities have a small fee. Proceeds benefit the Horse Rescue Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity. Save the Horses Rescue Center, 1786 New Green Rd., Cumming, GA 30028.

ALL WEEKEND

Check out the local Christmas light shows in the area all weekend and weekdays too!

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – Happy 10th Anniversary! Celebrate their decade of flea market goodness and see what holiday treasures you can find at the market. All weekend. Hours: Friday ~ 9 – 5, Saturday ~ 9 – 6, Sunday ~ 10-5. Admission: $3.00. Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 Free. Bring your precious loved ones to visit our wonderful Santa, Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Bring your camera for great pictures!

 

Chattahoochee Elementary BYOT Technology Drive Through January 31, 2014

byot technology drive forsyth county schoolsAs the holidays approach, it is a great time to clean out your old smart phones and devices and donate them to a good cause.

Chattahoochee Elementary’s Technology Drive is from November 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014

Help support kids in Forsyth County Schools with your donation of old smart phones or tablets.  Donation centers will be Chattahoochee Elementary School, AT&T on Market Place Blvd. and Designs by ADF Monogramming and Gifts.  Used devices accepted must have power supply and ability to access Wi-Fi.  Please restore device to factory settings if possible prior to drop off.

Monetary donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to:  Chattahoochee Elementary School, Attn: Mary Myers, Device Drive, 2800 Holtzclaw Rd., Cumming, GA 30041.

Drop Off Locations for Used Devices:

Chattahoochee Elementary School
2800 Holtzclaw Rd
Cumming, GA

Designs by ADF Monogramming and Gifts LLC
3040 Keith Bridge Rd., Ste. 3
Cumming, GA

AT&T
906 Market Place Blvd #101
Cumming, GA

 

Deck the Stalls at Save the Horses Rescue in Cumming, GA on December 8, 2013

deck the stalls at save the horsesVisit the barn and see the rescued animals celebrating the holidays at the farm! Deck the Stalls is on December 8 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Save the Horses in Cumming, GA.

This family friendly event includes roasting s’mores and hot dogs, stuffing stockings for the horses, cake walk, petting zoo and pony rides.

Get your photo taken with a horse or buffalo and order your Christmas cards right there on the spot!

Free parking & free admission!  Some activities have a small fee.

Proceeds benefit the Horse Rescue Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity.

Save the Horses Rescue Center
1786 New Green Rd.
Cumming, GA 30028


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